Monday, July 30, 2018

almond joy cookies~

 14 oz bag of sweetened coconut
2 cups of milk chocolate chips
cup lightly chopped almonds
can of sweetened condensed milk
toss in bowl
use ice cream scoop and drop on silpat, flatten and shape with moist fingers
bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Saturday, July 28, 2018

banana bread cheesecake~

I have oogled this recipe for ages, finally had enough overly ripe bananas to take the plunge...
it was worth the wait! 
Banana Bread Layer
  • 4 bananas, as ripe as possible
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup (100 g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups (190 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cheesecake Layer
  • 32 oz (900 g) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup (100 g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (240 mL) milk
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin powder
  • caramel, for drizzling


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.
  3. Add in the oil, egg, sugar, and vanilla. Stir until combined.
  4. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir until just combined. Don’t over mix.
  5. Pour the banana bread batter into a greased springform pan.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is set.
  7. In a large bowl, add the softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until combined.
  8. Microwave the milk until hot for about 2 minutes, and add in the gelatin powder.
  9. Quickly stir until gelatin is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  10. Pour the gelatin mixture over the cream cheese and whisk again until smooth.
  11. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the baked banana bread.
  12. Cool for 3 hours or overnight.
  13. Drizzle with caramel.
  14. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

morning walk

pre dawn, morns early light, a scattering of clouds,
remnants of a hurricane from mexico, dust the sky pink and red...
illuminating wild flowers... 
while dragonflies ply the winds
good dogs wait and watch...
a hummingbird bathed in a freshly watered rose
plunging its body
and cupping its wings
fluttering in the drenched rose petals
leaving fresh and clean with the sweet smell of roses trailing in the breeze
indoors, the cat languishes too high and dangerous for my liking...
a crash on exit feels imminent
as the sun arcs high
vivid sunsets from residual smoke and ash in the valley radiate far and wide

Sunday, July 1, 2018

apricot sorbet~

 tart and refreshing!

freshly picked apricot sorbet~
15 apricots
1 cup of water
1 cup brown sugar
zest and juice from a lime
a few drops of almond extract